Former Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp thinks the young crop of players emerging in the England squad puts them in a promising position for a major championship.
The Three Lions’ sole major honour in football comes from the 1966 World Cup where they won at home led by the legendary Sir Bobby Charlton.
Since then, the closest England have ever come to glory in a major international competition comes from two more semi-final appearances in the World Cup and another in Euro 1996.
But Redknapp is feeling optimistic about the English national team following the emergence of young stars such as Jadon Sancho, Reiss Nelson and Callum Hudson-Odoi.
“We’ve got an amazing group of young players,” said Redknapp, according to Sky Sports.
“It’s such an exciting time. Gareth [Southgate] is in for a great ride with these young kids. I just see so much talent there, the future looks amazing.
“I think we are on course to win a European Championship or World Cup in the next eight years. There is a big competition in this group of England players.”
The 72-year-old also heaped praise on England captain Harry Kane, who continues to shine on and off the pitch for both the Three Lions and Spurs.
Redknapp worked with Kane during his four-year spell in charge at White Hart Lane.
“He’s just a class act, on and off the field,” said Redknapp. “People said the same about Bobby Moore – a great captain and leader.
“He’s a great guy, a perfect role model. He gets on with his football and trains hard, works hard. You never see anything bad about him; he’s a family man.”
Kane has managed 20 goals and six assists in 35 appearances for England, who will take on the Czech Republic in Group A for the opening game of their Euro 2020 qualifying campaign on Friday.
Gareth Southgate’s side will then head out to Montenegro for another match next Monday.
— Harry Kane (@HKane) March 19, 2019